VESTAL (WBNG) — This week Jupiter is making a close approach to Earth’s orbit.
The red giant will be 400 million miles away from earth as it makes its approach.
Tonight is the prime time to see Jupiter and its four moons, but if you miss out tonight you can still see the planet through the end of the week.
Once every 13 months Earth and Jupiter get close enough in orbit to make Jupiter visible to the naked eye through a pair of binoculars or a telescope.
Around 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. you can catch glimpse of Jupiter by looking at the southeast horizon, about 10 degrees up from the horizon.
“If you have a pair of modest binoculars, or even a beginners telescope you should be able to not only discern Jupiter, but 4 of its moon and again if you have a decent telescope look at the equatorial bands of Jupiter,” said Drew Deskur the Executive Director at the Kopernick Observatory and Science Center.
Kopernik is open on Friday nights, their public program this Friday is about summer skies and will include discussion on Jupiter.
If the weather is clear they will open up the domes so you can see it through their telescopes.